The producer of the movie had alleged that the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, the top Sikh body, had asked him not to release the movie, which is based on the life and teachings of the first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak Dev, PTI reported.
Nanak Shah Fakir won't be screened in Punjab, State govt after SC clears release: On the last Tuesday, the Punjab government decided not to screen controversial movie Nanak Shah Fakir in the state.
Reacting to Supreme Court's verdict, Sikh intellectual S. Baljit Singh Khalsa has said that the Indian Supreme Court has once again reminded his value to the Akal Takht Jathedar appointed as per legal setup erected under Indian patronage. It said that once the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) grants certificate, "there can not be any kind of obstruction of a film". The bench said that creating disturbance even after CBFC certification was akin to becoming a law unto themselves and not respecting the law that governs the land.
"Once the film is granted certificate by the competent statutory board, unless the said certificate is nullified or modified by any superior authority, the producer or distributor of the film has every right to get it exhibited in a movie hall", it said.
The film is scheduled to be released on 13 April.
The Court directed Centre and states to ensure law and order is maintained while ordering the movie's release and posted the matter for further hearing on May 8.
"Any decision to ban the movie had become unnecessary in view of the film-makers' decision against releasing it in Punjab", he said.
In the petition that was presented in the court by Nanak Shah Fakir makers stated that- looking onto the sensitivity of the issue & Public sentiments they have decided it to not release in Punjab for the time being.
The Punjab CM's statement said that the government would review the situation and take an appropriate decision if the same becomes necessary in future.